February 9th, 2012

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A real-life 'West Side Story'
Family of Maria actress reflects play's immigrants

Written by
MICHAEL MORAIN


When this week’s Civic Center audiences meet a girl named Maria, played by the actress Evy Ortiz, she’ll be singing the story of her grandparents. They left Puerto Rico for New York in the 1950s, just like the immigrants portrayed in the Broadway musical “West Side Story.”

“This is the role everyone said I should play, and it’s been my dream since I was younger,” said the actress, who grew up in New York herself, in Spanish Harlem. “It was sort of meant to be, I guess.”

She puts up their photos in her dressing room — her grandfather Andres, with a skinny tie, and her grandmother Eloina, feeling pretty in a tight dress and pearls. You can practically hear them singing.

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